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Poster: droncit Date: Apr 20, 2005 5:04am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Funny taping stories

All my taping was before the Dead allowed it, so it was all stealth, so all sorts of stories. My funniest one:
12/18/73 - Curtis Hixon, Tampa - both my friend and I were taping it. I was in the audience, sneaking it in in inside of my girlfriend's purse, with the microphone in my pants. My friend went in the afternoon during a soundcheck, found the back door open and walked in. He had brought some pictures he'd taken of the Dead at Vanderbilt a year or so before. He found a stage guy and asked where Garcia was. The guy pointed to a door saying he was in there. My friend went over and opened the door, and it was a bathroom; Garcia was sititng on the toilet. He turned around and went back out, and waited for Garcia to come out.
After a few minutes, he did come out, and by that time some of the other band members were there. He showed them the pictures from the Vanderbilt show, and gave some copies to some people. Then he asked Garcia if it would be ok to tape the night's show, and Garcia said ok. He (Garcia) told one of the stage guys to help my friend set up his recorder a few feet from the stage. That's how we got what's referred to as the 'excellent' aud from 12/18/73. Mine came out as well, but the quality is not nearly as good.

Anyway, that's my favorite taping story.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Apr 20, 2005 3:48pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Funny taping stories

That's great! I love that kinda stuff. Maybe the first sanctioned GD recording ever. I am really curious about all those tapes made in the 60's and mostly 70's, when things had to be stealthy, and when the equipment wasn't exactly built for that sort of thing. How exactly did people get reel to reels into shows? I know searches were probably different in those days, but still, the effort some of these guys went through...

Please, more of this stuff!!

Oh, and one time I taped a bar band on some really primitive equipment, and this guy yelled "long hair and a cotton belt don't mean somebody's jivin'" into the mic. Still don't know what it means.

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Poster: droncit Date: Apr 21, 2005 2:17am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Funny taping stories

I think sometimes it was easier to get things in because there wasn't much awareness on the part of police and promoters - that is, twice this worked: I was caught taking equipment in to concerts and they looked at it kind of funny, and I just said - "It's a tape recorder...I didn't want to leave it in the car because I was afraid someone would steal it." They just said 'ok' and let me in.
But inside it was a lot tougher. Roadies would grab microphones and cut the wire, then demand the tapes, etc. (and this at a Dead concert). All the time you'd have to watch for police, ushers, roadies, anyone who might see you, so everything had to be hidden and held steady. My hands used to ache after a show from sweating and holding the same position for hours. In the end, I just stopped taping when it got so I never got to enjoy the show.

Some of the quotes are great, though. On my tape of 4/6/78 Curtis-Hixon (not the audience posted here), The band came onstage and started tuning, the lights dimmed, and the guy in front of me turns around and right into the microphone says " Hey man..y'all want a hit off this?" followed within 2 seconds of the opening chords of Bertha and the crowd going nuts.. just classic.

This post was modified by droncit on 2005-04-21 09:14:26

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Poster: Jim F Date: Apr 21, 2005 2:41pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Funny taping stories

I remember reading somewhere (deadbase maybe)people would wrap their rigs in the form of a present, saying it was for the band. I thought that was clever. I think it was also in deadbase that someone said at some venue like winterland, the guards would let the people waiting in line for days or hours in to use the bathroom, and they would sneak in decks and hide them in the venues.

God bless you and all the other sore-handed tapers out there. I'm glad enough of you had the foresight to document what was going on before it became the obvious thing to do like it is now.

I was listening to Un-LMA-sanctioned band Pink Floyd 4/8/75 last night, and one guy says to the other, "sorry, you want me to hold it for a while?" It took me out of my listener-enjoyment mode and made me appreciate what these guys did to make tape. I always wondered how those guys were able to stay still and watch out and enjoy a show at the same time. Without a mic stand, that's no easy task to get a good recording and not get caught. I always assumed on those parts where the tape sounds muffled or just different that there was some nearby usher, with flashlight in hand, maybe checking them out.

The banter you'd get on the old tapes truly makes the tape, unlike all the hate-to-say "sterile" tapes made now with the mics up so high. I love hearing some guy on some 70's tape say "have you done this before, does it work" and all that stuff.

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Poster: liranfa Date: Apr 21, 2005 3:22pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Funny taping stories

First of all, I want to thank ALL of you for every effort you made to tape a show. It's difficult and intense work and you have to forfeit some of the fun at shows.....but the rewards are HUGE!

My taping story was at Eugene 6-5-82, Garcia/Kahn acoustic show at South Eugene High School. What was supposed to be a foursome going to the show turned into a sick wife of the taper and him giving the equipment to me and my buddy and said "get a tape if you can". My buddy and I had never taped a show before but had dubbed many tapes. When we got there, there was a woman running the show making Atilla the Hun look bashful. We didn't think there would be a prayer of getting the equipment in. We went back to the car and I wrapped all the chords around my body (their damn heavy) and cassettes taped to my armpits and my buddy had the deck strapped to his back. Upon reaching the front of the line, my buddy goes first...up and down, up and down, up...stop. his hands feel the deck and slowly works his hands around it and let's him go in.....STUNNED!!!!!!!!!!! He pats me up and down and were in. The only thing I can think is that he wanted to make sure a tape got made at the show so he could get a copy later. Needless to say, the next night was a piece of cake. OUr recording is still going around but there are others out there.